Memphis Grizzlies v Denver Nuggets – NBA Betting Preview and Prediction
Memphis Grizzlies and Denver Nuggets will meet this Monday, November 18 at FedExForum in what promises to be a thrilling bout featuring Denver Nuggets who sit at the third place in the conference and Memphis Grizzlies, who are in an excellent form.
Denver Nuggets eyeing the top of the Western Conference
Denver Nuggets currently sit at the third place in the West with an 8-3 record and a very solid 4-1 record in the last five. In regards of their last five fixtures, Nuggets defeated Miami Heat (109:89), Philadelphia 76ers (100:97) and Minnesota Timberwolves (98:100)(OT), lost to Atlanta Hawks (121:125) and won their most recent clash with Brooklyn nets (101:93).
Looking back at their clash with Brooklyn Nets, Denver Nuggets failed to impress in the first two quarters, which they lost 28:35 and 21:26 respectively. With a questionable display in the first half of the game, Denver Nuggets found themselves 12 points down ahead of the last two quarters, which seemingly gave them the motivation to push and retaliate. In Q3, Nuggets outscored Brooklyn by 12 points (30:18), thus closed the gap at 79:79, meaning it was all going to come down to the final quarter. There Nuggets once more outperformed the visitors, who failed to penetrate Nugget’s defence, which kept them at 24% FG. The final quarter ended in Nuggets’ favour once more (22:14), which earned them a well-deserved win and their eighth win of the season (101:93).
Millsap was the top scorer of the night with 18 points to which he added nine rebounds and two assists. Jokic was second with 18 points, 10 rebounds and three assists, while Barton finished the game with 17 points, six rebounds and four assists. Murray finished the match with only four points, five rebounds and four assists, but is still the top scorer of the team, averaging 17.4 ppg, closely followed by Jokic with 17.1 and Barton at third with 15.8 ppg.
Memphis Grizzlies red hot form
Memphis started off the season very slow, but looking at their recent results, they have seemingly found their form. As it stands now, Memphis Grizzlies sit at 10th place in the West with a 5-7 record next to their name. That said, their last five show a 3-2 record, with three consecutive wins behind them heading into this fixture. In their last five, Grizzlies defeated San Antonio Spurs (109:113), Charlotte Hornets (117:119) and Utah Jazz (107:106) on Saturday.
Their clash with Utah Jazz started with a close 26:23 first quarter, which was followed by a dominant performance from Grizzlies (30:22) who closed the gap and got themselves a five-point lead ahead of the second half (53:48). Unlike Q2, in the third quarter, it was Utah Jazz who took the reins in their hands and outscored Grizzlies by seven points (24:31), setting everything up for a close and exciting last quarter, and that was exactly what we got. That said, it was Grizzlies who stepped up and on the final quarter (30:27), thus edging past Utah Jazz and claiming their third consecutive win.
Top scorer of the night was Mitchell with 29 points to which he added nine rebounds and five assists. Morant was second with 25 points, four rebounds and eight assists, while Gobert earned a double-double with 23 points, 17 rebounds and one assist.
Verdict & Prediction
Historically, it’s Denver who comes out on top of this clash, which was the case in last two meetings in December 2018 (105:99) and at the end of January (92:95) and from what we have seen so far, we don’t believe that will change here. Memphis Grizzlies improved drastically after their poor start of the season which saw them sitting at 2-7 and they deserve a lot of praise for that. That being said, they are a young team which will need some more time to develop.
Denver Nuggets on the other side look like a serious threat to finish among the top teams in the conference, and their numbers show exactly that. So far this season, Nuggets averaged 104.7 ppg, they are eighth in rebounding (47 rpg), ninth in assists (24.8 apg) and are also fourth in the league in scoring defence, allowing only 101.9 ppg. Adding to that, they are averaging 43% from the floor as a team this season, and are currently 21st in the league in threes per game (10.2), hitting 34.1% of them. Denver Nuggets seem to be more than ready to win here, as they have the players to cover every department. Their biggest weapon here will be Jokic, as we can’t see Grizzlies having the right men in their arsenal to stop him. All things considered, Denver should have this one in the bag.
Prediction: Denver Nuggets -6.50 Points
Odds: 1.95 5Dimes